Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton

By Charles Le Gai Eaton

A wide-ranging research of the Muslim faith which goals to discover what it capability to be a Muslim, a member of the neighborhood which embraces 1 / 4 of the world's inhabitants and to explain the forces that have formed the hearts and minds of Islamic humans.

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To Christians He has manifested Himself in the form of Christ... and to the worshippers of whatever form it may be . . in the very form of this thing; for no worshipper of a finite object worships it for its own sake. What he worships is the epiphany in this form of the attributes of the true God . . Yet that which all the worshippers worship is one and the same. ^ Abdu'l-Qadir fought the Christians who invaded his land, Algeria, because he was a Muslim. Exiled in Damascus, he protected the Christians against massacre by taking them into his owm home because he understood.

Islam has been principally concerned with the ships closest to it on the ocean, the religions descended — as it is itself - from the undifferentiated monotheism of Abraham. Precisely because these three faiths (unlike, for J example, Hinduism or Buddhism) express themselves in similar terminology, their differences of perspective stand out very clearly; and yet what they have in common outweighs these differences. Jews, when they come into contact with informed Muslims, are frequently astonished by the extent of this common ground.

Realism is by nature serene, because it cannot be surprised or disillusioned, and it is in this spirit of serenity that the Muslim is required to observe and endure the vicissitudes of time and history, fortified by a quality of stillness and of timelessness which is at the heart of his faith. Everything around him moves and changes, but he must remain rooted in stillness; and this is one reason why Muslims claim that all other religions have been, in one way or another, corrupted and altered by the passage of time, whereas Islam, in accordance with God's solemn promise, remains and will always remain what it is.

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